Lukács After Communism

Interviews with Contemporary Intellectuals

Lukács After Communism

Post-Contemporary Interventions

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Book Pages: 224 Illustrations: Published: March 1997

Author: Eva L. Corredor

Cultural Studies, Literature and Literary Studies > Literary Criticism

Since the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the validity of Marxism and Marxist theory has undergone intense scrutiny both within and outside the academy. In Lukács After Communism, Eva L. Corredor conducts ten lively and engaging interviews with a diverse group of international scholars to address the continued relevance of György Lukács’s theories to the post-communist era. Corredor challenges these theoreticians, who each have been influenced by the man once considered the foremost theoretician of Marxist aesthetics, to reconsider the Lukácsean legacy and to speculate on Marxist theory’s prospects in the coming decades.
The scholars featured in this collection—Etienne Balibar, Peter Bürger, Terry Eagleton, Fredric Jameson, Jacques Leenhardt, Michael Löwy, Roberto Schwarz, George Steiner, Susan Suleiman, and Cornel West—discuss a broad array of literary and political topics and present provocative views on gender, race, and economic relations. Corredor’s introduction provides a biographical synopsis of Lukács and discusses a number of his most important theoretical concepts. Maintaining the ongoing vitality of Lukács’s work, these interviews yield insights into Lukács as a philosopher and theorist, while offering anecdotes that capture him in his role as a teacher-mentor.


“[T]en lively and engaging interviews with a diverse group of international scholars that address the continued relevance of Lukács theories to the post-communist era.” — Giustificativo: Pubblicato Sul Bollettino del CIRT

“These interviews have a spontaneity and range of inquiry that show a creative, synthetic, and first-rate intellect at work. Lukács After Communism contributes significantly to the current critical reassessment of the Marxist tradition.” — Barbara Foley, Rutgers University

“This is an important project. Lukács remains a vital thinker, whom we must not dismiss but seek to understand more deeply in light of recent history. Corredor is a very skillful interviewer, with an obvious command of both the Lukácsean corpus and of the various theoretical and critical tendencies represented by her interviewees.” — Neil Larsen, Northeastern University


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Eva L. Corredor is Professor of French and German at the U.S. Naval Academy. She is the author of György Lukács and the Literary Pretext.

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Paper ISBN: 978-0-8223-1763-0 / Cloth ISBN: 978-0-8223-1754-8
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